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    Re: Pentagon puts F-35 on supersonic short-leash

    Quote Originally Posted by beerftw View Post
    I know about the boing x-32, my point of lack of competition is more or less that the f-35 was set to replace the bulk of combat aircraft under a single contractor for production maintenance and design, with thousands of contractors used for logistics and parts. This really means that unless the f-35 is abandoned, or the us govt drops its f-35 replaces most aircraft idea that lockheed and no competition and holds a monopoly to gouge the us govt.

    Now part of that recently has been chipped away, with the pentagon wanting f-15x as well as turboprop based cas aircraft. I imagine of the pentagon does more to defy the one aircraft for most missions idea that lockheed may have to give a crap knowing the pentagon would no longer be betting it's whole future on a single contractor and be forced to shape up.
    You do know don't you that if it had not won the F-35 contract, Lockheed Martin would've probably have had to abandon military aviation entirely.

    Boeing didn't have that problem

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    Re: Pentagon puts F-35 on supersonic short-leash

    Quote Originally Posted by Dayton3 View Post
    You do know don't you that if it had not won the F-35 contract, Lockheed Martin would've probably have had to abandon military aviation entirely.

    Boeing didn't have that problem
    Boeing considered it as well, which is among the general problem, there were numerous contractors during the cold war, many went belly up and others found dod contracts to not be worth their time. The cost of building and designing an aircraft from the ground up out of your own pocket unless you got lucky enough the dod funded the prototypes for the slight chance of being selected drove many out of the industry. Douglas got bought out by boeing, northrop has not made anything but prototypes for fighter aircraft since the f-14 and has pretty much focused on other govt contract since, general dynamics went belly up who made the f-16.

    Boeing still has contracts for the f-15 and f-18 as well as many transport and other aircraft, however boeing has about 1/3rd of their revenue from govt contracts while lockheed has a much higher percentage, pointing out boeing and to a larger extent lockheed are the only ones still heavily invested in govt aircraft contracts while others left the game because the selections were often too expensive to compete in especially when they realized often the dod had chosen the winner before the competition started.
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